New GOP Governor in Illinois: Activists Sound Off on Anti-Abortion Bill Passed by GOP-Led House
Supporters of reproductive rights are denouncing “dangerous” legislation passed last week by the Republican-controlled U.S. House that would permanently block federal funds from being used to pay for abortions and health insurance plans that cover the procedure.
By a 242-179 vote, the House on Thursday passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, after GOP leaders dropped a more restrictive bill the day before that sought to ban abortions 20 weeks after conception. The White House has issued presidential veto threats against both anti-abortion proposals.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL,3) was one of three Democrats who voted in support of H.R. 7. And just one House Republican, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY,22), voted against it.
GOP leaders abandoned the 20-week ban, included in H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, following objections from several female, moderate Republican legislators, including Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC,2) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN,2), over a sexual assault exception that would require rape survivors to file a police report before obtaining an abortion.